A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevensby Eleanor Cook
Pub. Date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Wallace Stevens is one of the major poets of the twentieth century, and also among the most challenging. His poems can be dazzling in their verbal brilliance. They are often shot through with lavish imagery and wit, informed by a lawyer's logic, and disarmingly unexpected: a singing jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. They also spokeand still
Wallace Stevens is one of the major poets of the twentieth century, and also among the most challenging. His poems can be dazzling in their verbal brilliance. They are often shot through with lavish imagery and wit, informed by a lawyer's logic, and disarmingly unexpected: a singing jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. They also spokeand still speakto contemporary concerns. Though his work is popular and his readership continues to grow, many readers encountering it are baffled by such rich and strange poetry.
Eleanor Cook, a leading critic of poetry and expert on Stevens, gives us here the essential reader's guide to this important American poet. Cook goes through each of Stevens's poems in his six major collections as well as his later lyrics, in chronological order. For each poem she provides an introductory head note and a series of annotations on difficult phrases and references, illuminating for us just why and how Stevens was a master at his art. Her annotations, which include both previously unpublished scholarship and interpretive remarks, will benefit beginners and specialists alike. Cook also provides a brief biography of Stevens, and offers a detailed appendix on how to read modern poetry.
A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens is an indispensable resource and the perfect companion to The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, first published in 1954 in honor of Stevens's seventy-fifth birthday, as well as to the 1997 collection Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose.
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Table of Contents
Ideas of Order 87
The Man with the Blue Guitar 112
Parts of a World 132
Transport to Summer 171
The Auroras of Autumn 237
"The Rock" 279
Late Poems 298
APPENDIX: HOW TO READ POETRY, INCLUDING STEVENS 315
SHORT GLOSSARY 345
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 347
INDEX OF TITLES 351
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This is a must have publication for perhaps the finer poet of the 20th century -- more than James Merrill, more than the beats. However you must have this beside the complete poems of Stevens since the two publications work, no pun intended, hand in hand. As a poet and photographer this is an achievement for Princeton University Press to take on such a work as this.